Free your eyes and train your ears with Mandarin audio lessons

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 11 April 2021. Posted in Front Page

Free your eyes and train your ears with Mandarin audio lessons

A great way to improve Chinese listening skills is to use ears to learn Chinese first, eyes second. This is especially important for beginner students who are so often baffled by all the similar tones and many look-alike pinyin words. To achieve that, audio lessons are a wonderful tool students should look into. That’s exactly what I’m currently working on. Following the previous release of Mandarin Express Intro Level A audio lessons, I’m happy to announce that Intro Level B audio lessons have just been made available!

2000 years of history imbedded in the Chinese Reading and Writing series

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 02 April 2021. Posted in Front Page

2000 years of history imbedded in the Chinese Reading and Writing series

To be exact, 1668 years on April 14, 2021, which is the third day of the third month in Chinese lunar calendar. It was the same day in 353CE that the poet and the great calligrapher Wang Xizhi (王羲之) composed and wrote a poem in the semi-cursive script, Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion,《蘭亭集序》. It is perhaps the most well known masterpiece of calligraphy in Chinese history, and it is this masterpiece that appears on the covers of all Chinese Reading and Writing books. 

Bring listening into the core of your Chinese study

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 17 March 2021. Posted in Front Page

Bring listening into the core of your Chinese study

Listening has always been a weak spot for beginner students who are learning Chinese. After they’ve learned some phrases, they experience a total blank when the same phrases are coming out from other people’s mouths. Today, I’m happy to announce that we have added one more solution to our tool kit for beginner students to develop their listening skills.

Three must known Chinese women in history

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 02 March 2021. Posted in Front Page

Three must known Chinese women in history

International Women’s Day (March 8) is coming. It is a highly celebrated day worldwide. In Chinese, it is called 妇女节, 三八节, 三八妇女节, or 国际妇女节. As MSL Master is 100% female led and operated, I am happy to contribute to this special occasion and introduce three must known Chinese women in history. 

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 15 February 2021. Posted in Front Page

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

The fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year is a special occasion, a festival within a festival. According to Lao She (老舍), this is the climax of the Chinese New Year. It is the brightest and the most beautiful festival. 

7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 20 January 2021. Posted in Front Page

7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

After January 1st, the next big event is Chinese New Year, 春节 (chun jie), the Spring Festival. This year, Chinese New Year starts on February 12. It’s probably the most important Chinese festival. It’ll be handy to know some Chinese New Year greetings for this special occasion. Whether it is for friends or for business connections, being able to say or write something nice and auspicious is always a plus.

Announcing an exciting offer for the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Posted in Front Page

Announcing an exciting offer for the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit

With the final video lesson of Chinese Reading and Writing 6 uploaded, all the ground work is finished, and the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit now entered its final development stage. We’re excited!

The sixth Online Chinese writing course completed, the final step achieved!

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 07 January 2021. Posted in Front Page

The sixth Online Chinese writing course completed, the final step achieved!

A business guru once said something like this: Don’t overestimate how much you can do in one day, and don’t underestimate how much you can achieve over a year. This is so true. After a little more than twelve months of intense effort, with the final lesson of Review 6 uploaded last night, the entire video lessons of the Chinese Reading and Writing series are finally completed!

One step further in learning Chinese online - the fifth writing course uploaded

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 14 December 2020. Posted in Front Page

One step further in learning Chinese online - the fifth writing course uploaded

After some intense and productive weeks, I’m happy to announce that the fifth Chinese writing course is completed, uploaded, and ready for viewing. Based on the textbook Chinese Reading and Writing 5, eighteen online lessons have been released.

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 04 December 2020. Posted in Front Page

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

This incredible, or incredulous, year of 2020 is coming to an end. We have probably collectively wasted countless hours on nothing. Now the holiday season is around the corner. Let’s make a little change, let’s give the gift of learning Chinese to students, friends and families.

Learn Chinese writing online - the fourth course uploaded!

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 20 November 2020. Posted in Front Page

Learn Chinese writing online - the fourth course uploaded!

A new batch of 19 video lessons for learning how to read and write Chinese are completed, uploaded, and ready for viewing. This is the fourth Chinese course teaching 50 new Chinese characters, 222 words and combinations, and 4 grammar points. And two old characters are brought back and are reintroduced for their second pronunciations and meanings.

Nine ways of killing time during the pandemic

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 25 October 2020. Posted in Front Page

Nine ways of killing time during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for nearly a year now. It has put many things into a stop, and freed up some time, which has to be dealt with seriously. The following are nine ways you can use to kill time. All of them are one-person activities, and can be good clean fun. Learning how to say them in Chinese is the side benefits.

Study Chinese online - the third reading and writing course uploaded

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 21 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

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Smile, Chinese Reading and Writing 3 online course has completed and is ready for viewing! This course includes 21 video lessons, teaching 50 Chinese characters ( two of them are special ones which have two different readings), 179 words and combinations, and 14 important Chinese grammatical points.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 20 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

This year’s Mid-Autumn festival is less than two weeks away, Oct 1 to be precise, and it is a time for Chinese learners around the world to take a break in their regular study routines and to enjoy some of the festivities. Let’s remind ourselves that learning Chinese is also about learning Chinese culture and about participating in the cultural activities. And you don’t have to be in China to enjoy Mid-Autumn festival.

Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack pre-order starts soon!

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 12 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack pre-order starts soon!

Hello beautiful world, the wait is nearly over. I have received the positive news and would like to confirm that Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack is available for pre-order on Sep 30! It is the perfect starter kit for non-Chinese speaking students to start learning how to read and write Chinese. Students will have access to textbooks, Chinese lessons, and audio recordings, all at once.

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